How To Care For A Dog
It is important to know how to care for a dog, as it is said to be man's best friend. If you want a long and lasting friendship, you need to know what he needs and what you can do to take care of him.
- Dogs need to eat everyday. Puppies are sometimes fed twice a day, but most adult dogs only eat once in the morning. Check the label on the dog food to make sure you are providing the right amount at each feeding. You don't want to underfeed your dog and create health problems and you don't want to overfeed you dog and create weight problems. Try to feed him at the same time every day to provide consistency for him.
- Dogs always need water. Check the dog's water more than once a day. Part of caring for a dog is providing fresh water every day. If the water becomes murky or dirty, be sure to dump it out, clean the bowl, and put in new water. In the summer months, as the heat increases, your dog may ingest more water.
- Find a cozy place for him to sleep. There are several different options for where a dog can sleep. Some people don't mind letting the dog into bed with them at night. Others prefer that the dog sleep in the crate through the night. Others set a aside a special place for the dog to sleep with a soft bed. At the most basic level, dogs need a clean, safe, shelter to sleep in, on or around. It is up to you to decide specifically where to put him at night.
- Dogs need plenty of exercise. There are several forms of exercise that work well for puppies and dogs including walking, running and playing catch. If you are already into the routine of walking or running, just take the dog along. If you aren't you need to start getting out and making sure that your dog is able to get in a little workout. If nothing else, make sure to get your dog a toy and give it a toss, allowing him to find it, bring it back to you, and repeat the process again.
- Take your dog to the veterinarian. Dogs need to keep their shots current to prevent sickness and diseases. Some shots are required every year, while others are less often. At the vet's office, you can get a copy of the current schedule of shots your dog requires. Dogs also need to go in for appointments when they aren't feeling well or don't seem to be acting like themselves.
- Give your dog a bath. Dogs get smelly and dirty just like everyone else. Water them down, throw in some soap and rinse it off. This keeps your best friend smelling nice and even helps to keep you house clean. When you care for a dog, you are creating a relationship that will last many years to come.
Posted on: Aug. 13, 2010